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Legal action targets EU biofuel policy

Green groups to take European Commission to court over alleged failure to release documents thought to reveal concerns over the environmental impact of biofuel targets

Source:  Copyright 2010, Business Green
Date:  March 9, 2010
Byline:  Rachel Fielding
Original URL: Status ONLINE

European biofuel developers are facing fresh uncertainty about the future of the industry, after four environmental groups yesterday launched legal action against the European Union, accusing it of withholding evidence that allegedly shows that current biofuel policies harm the environment and push up food prices.

The lawsuit, filed on Monday by ClientEarth, Transport & Environment, the European Environmental Bureau and BirdLife International, will result in further investment uncertainty in the biofuel sector, which has faced repeated accusations that it is indirectly contributing to deforestation and failing to deliver expected cuts in carbon emissions.

The lawsuit alleges several violations of European laws on transparency and democracy. The four groups first sought access to documents relating to the EU's biofuel policy on 15 October last year. They allege that the European Commission missed a legal deadline to release all the relevant documents ...

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